The Complete Technical Guide for Double Sided Tape

Best Uses for Double Sided Tape | ECHOtapeIt isn’t exciting and doesn’t win many style points, but double-sided tape may just be your project’s best kept secret.  Whether you’re seaming, splicing, mounting, laminating, fixing or bonding two objects together,  double sided tape is a much more efficient method than conventional glues, rivets or screws.  Why?

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The Complete Technical Guide for Adhesive Tape

Adhesive Tape 101 | via TAPED, the ECHOtape blogThe history of stickiness didn’t actually start with tape. It’s actually credited to the bees. Or rather, woodworkers in ancient Egypt who used glue made from natural, viscous substances like beeswax and resin to hold materials together.  In modern times before tape, glues and epoxies did most of the sticky work. But they had serious drawbacks, especially in household use. Messiness, permanence and drying to a hard finish all made traditional glues less-than-ideal. But it wasn’t until 1925 that adhesive tape, as we know it today, was invented.

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5 Home Building Industry Insights To Watch in 2018

With job creation at record levels, unemployment at a 17-year-low, relatively steady interest rates and increased interest from Millennial homebuyers, the International Builders’ Show was awash in a rosy glow. But this market is a long way from normal and some experts on the NAHB 2018 Home Building Industry Trend & Analysis panel are saying proceed with caution.  Here are our five top take-aways:

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4 Quick Tests for Tape in the Field

Tape Testing in the Field | via TAPED, the ECHOtape blogWe get this question a lot:  How do we actually know that it’s the right tape for the application and that it’s going to last? And that’s totally fair.  Almost everyone we know has a tape failure story, but pressure sensitive tape isn’t the same as what you grew up with, or even what you used five years ago.   BUT… you don’t have to take our word for it. When a customer comes to us with a challenge, we actually test the tape for them and with them.
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Warning: 6 Reasons Not To Use Duct Tape

Duct Tape Alternatives | via TAPED, the ECHOtape blogWe get it:  Duct tape is a versatile tool on virtually any jobsite.  Designed to provide a strong, versatile, quick-stick solution for demanding applications, duct tape is often cited as the top go-to tape for contractors. From surface protection to mold and asbestos remediation to more specialized applications such as masking stucco, its uses are nearly endless.  However, duct tape does have its limits. (Check out the 10 most common surface problems here.) 

Here are the top six conditions where duct tape falls short and what adhesive tape you should be using instead. Read more

The Tape That Stands Up to Stucco

Choosing the Best Stucco Tape for Building & Construction | via ECHOtapeAs a surface material, stucco is renowned for its beauty and versatility. In fact, did you know that every building tradition in human history has used stucco in some way, shape or form? The recipe — usually some combination of cement, lime and fine sand — may have varied, but examples of stucco work occur in Roman architecture as early the 2nd Century AD, in Aztec architecture of Mexico and in 20th Century Mizner architecture of South Florida.  Whether you are  updating ceilings, walls, or stucco exterior,  first choose the right type of stucco and then consider the benefits of contractor grade stucco tape for your next high performance building project.

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1 Coat vs 3 Coat Stucco Process: Understanding the Difference

How Tape is Used in Stucco Applications | via ECHOtape

Stucco provides a durable, low maintenance finish that adds lots of character to a house. It can be applied with either a one coat or three coat process, but there is some confusion about the methods. For example, one coat stucco is actually a two-step process. Let’s take a look at each technique as well as the advantage that each has to offer.

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Why Doesn’t Adhesive Tape Stick in the Cold?

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Like some employees who will work only under the most ideal conditions, so it can go with tape.

A construction site in New England? It is a climate notorious for potentially challenging the most heavy-duty tape. Whether the adhesive tape you’re using doesn’t stick in the cold weather, or becomes dry, brittle, and offers little to no tack so it doesn’t stick at all – can amount to a frustrating waste of time and a compromised project.

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The Technical Guide to Splicing with Adhesive Tape

Most Common Slicing Tape Failures | via TAPED, the ECHOtape blogIt’s impossible not to take splicing for granted because it’s hidden in the smallest, most disposable objects around you. Take, for example, your favorite morning coffee. That to go coffee cup? The corrugated sleeve? Both made possible by splicing, and splicing tape. The shipping box at the post office? Spliced. Foam meat tray? Spliced.

So what is a splice, exactly?

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5 Great Reasons to Choose Our Foil Tape 

ECHOtape All Purpose Foil Tape

Combine the versatility of aluminum and the weather-resistant sealing power of adhesive tape and you have an extremely versatile product — aluminum foil tape. So much, in fact, that our foil tape is widely used in all kinds of industries from manufacturing to construction.  Thanks to its moisture and chemical resistance, thermal conductivity, flame resistance, heat and light reflectance, and weatherability…it makes for a tape that has a wide range of applications.

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All Things Double Sided Carpet Tape

Did you know that our double-sided carpet tape is used by the largest exhibition and trade show companies in the world? Clearly, we are serious about carpet tape.  And while there are a lot of available alternatives, there’s good reason why ours is favored by so many professionals — it’s reliable, easy to use and always gets the job done. In fact, professional contractors consider our double-sided carpet tape the industry standard so here’s what you need to know: Read more

How to Choose the Right Surface Protection Film and Avoid Problems

How to Choose Protective Film | via TAPED, the ECHOtape blogThe name surface protection film kind of says it all — it’s designed to protect critical surfaces from scratching, marring, abrasions, UV exposure, or dirt and contamination.  Popular and successful due to its strength and durability, protective film is actually an adhesive tape.  It’s produced from thin film layers bonded together to create a barrier,  guarding  everything from a building’s glass to anything else requiring under-construction protection.  For example, It’s the shrink-wrap plastic that comes affixed to your new refrigerator, and it’s the roll of material used to cover and protect the surface of fabricated parts, especially in the automotive industry. And it’s used extensively by manufacturers of metal and plastic sheets. They are also scratch proof and help reduce the penetration of sunlight and UV rays.

10 Questions To Ask Before Choosing the Right Surface Protection Film

To ensure you get the right protective film for you applications make sure and ask these questions.

  1. Will the film be applied to a rough or a smooth surface? Rougher surfaces have more surface area and require a thicker adhesive.
  2. Is the surface area clean and dry? Dirty application conditions will likely yield unacceptable results. Embedded materials and unnecessary debris adversely affect a protective film’s performance.
  3. Will the surface be painted or have a coating? Chemical reactions can exist between adhesives and coatings, especially the longer they are in contact with each other.
  4. What type of surface needs to be protected? Be it wood, stone, metal, glass, plastic, or ceramic; these surfaces require completely different adhesives to perform successfully.
  5. Will the film be exposed to elevated temperatures? Most rubber-based adhesives cannot handle temperatures above 150°F. Acrylic adhesives are effective at temperatures up to 350°F, and silicone adhesives up to 500°F.
  6. Will the film be used outdoors? If so, for how long? The sun’s UV rays destroy adhesives over time. Protective film will not only yellow, but will become stiff and brittle, and therefore rendered ineffective. The length of time the film will be exposed to the elements will determine how much UV protection it needs.
  7. What is the scope of the project? Do you need to protect windows with a PVC film or do you need to provide a moisture and vapor barrier on a slab where a LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) film is the answer? 
  8. Will the film be used in a safety or security application? On any  project, it’s safety first. Is the purpose of the film to protect workers from shattering glass or to deter intruders?
  9. How long will the film need to adhere to the surface? If this is a long-term job, some additional component(s) may need to be added to ensure the bond of the surface to the film for the length of time you need it to hold fast.
  10. Will storage and transportation affect the film? Your crew may withstand extreme climates better than your materials! Consider their transport to the job site as well as the material’s subsequent storage so it doesn’t compromise effectiveness. Keep films and tapes in a cool, dry place.

Once affixed to a clean, dry surface, protective film effectively prevent “damage” to that surface. Although incredibly versatile, use the wrong protective film for the job and you’ll jeopardize both your timeline and the always dreaded budget overages.

5 Common Problems with Surface Protection Film

Here are the most common challenges we have found during close to 45 years of working with tape and surface protection film.

Poor Surface Adhesion. If the film peels off too easily there are multiple things that could have caused it:

  • The surface was not clean enough or was contaminated by dust or moisture.
  • If the incorrect film for the project was used, it could easily result in an insufficient amount of adhesive or too low a tack for the climate and conditions.
  • The film was not stretched uniformly during installation creating a distortion and therefore an ineffectual seal.

 Debonding.  If the film actually separates from the adhesive it leaves a residue on the surface.  Adhesive removal is remedied with a clean cloth dipped in an appropriate amount of organic solvent such as ethanol or acetate. Care should be taken during this step so as not to create an additional cosmetic problem to the protected surface upon removal.

Edge Lift.  This occurs when ends of the protective film begin to lift off the surface. Common in metal protection where composite protective film is used, it happens especially with aluminum as compared to steel. Again, the right film for the job makes the difference.

The Film Cannot Be Removed.  The most common reason for this problem is the quality of the pressure-sensitive adhesive. Beware of manufacturers who have not mastered the production of this very specialized adhesive technology. Some have only tweaked ordinary adhesives by making some improvements to existing formulations — with disastrous consequences.

Another reason why you’d have difficulty removing the film could be an overexposure to sunlight. This is why the UV rating of the film and the determination of how long you need it to adhere is an essential pre-installation determination.

Ghosting. One of the primary objectives of any construction project is to make it a seamless transition, where literally no evidence is left behind. When visual blemishes are apparent on what were supposed to be protected surfaces, the main cause of this “ghosting” is due to residue build up left behind from the markers, cleaners, solvents previously used to clean surfaces. These can be removed with care and diluted solvents.

Our full range of films have been used to protect all kinds of finished surfaces such as polished or painted metals, textured surfaces, glass and plastics.  If you are not sure which type of protective film or adhesive tape is right for your needs, take a look at our Complete Technical Guide to Adhesive Tape, or simply  contact us. We will work with you  to test various options or customize a solution to fit your needs.

Augmented Reality Is Here… Are You Ready?

 

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Augmented reality and The Daqri Smart Helmet may just change the future of construction.  Image via Daqri.com

Smart phones. Driverless cars. Artificial intelligence. Streaming television. All part of our daily 21st Century lives. But no technology will change things quite as dramatically as augmented reality (AR), which overlays images, video and games on the real world. Apple’s Tim Cook has likened AR’s game-changing potential to that of the smartphone. At some point, he said last year, we will all “have AR experiences every day, almost like eating three meals a day. It will become that much a part of you.”

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